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Cleveland's Desertdandelion
Malacothrix clevelandii
About Cleveland's Desertdandelion (Malacothrix clevelandii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothrix clevelandii is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name Cleveland's desertdandelion. It is native to parts of the southwestern United States and Baja California, where it can be found most often in chaparral, including cleared and disturbed areas such as slopes recently burned by wildfire. The plant is also found in southern South America where it is an introduced species. It is an annual herb producing a flowering stem up to about 35 centimeters in maximum height. The toothed leaves are largest at the base of the plant, and reduced farther up. The inflorescence is an array of flower heads each bearing rings of pale yellow ray florets roughly half a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.2 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 9.3" - 77.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 37.0" - 56.0", Hottest Month: 57.4" - 80.8", Humidity: 0.09" - 29.40", Elevation: -130" - 7879"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Cleveland's Desert-dandelion

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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